BCE to The Suffragettes
1465, Spain – In a location around Ávila, a group of Castilian noblemen depose King Henry IV (Enrique IV) of Castile(5 January 1425 – 11 December 1474) in effigy instead proclaimed his half-brother Prince Alfonso, better known as Alfonso the Innocent, as king. This ceremony became known by its detractors as the farce of Ávila. The accusations against the king: he was sympathetic with Moslems; he was a homosexual; he was of peaceful character; and he was not the true father of his daughter, the infanta Juana. As each charge is read, one of the symbols of rank is removed from the statue. Finally, with the cry “¡A tierra, puto!” the statue was thrown from the platform while the mob laments the death of the king. Then Enrique’s half-brother, Alfonso, age 12, was brought forth, proclaimed and crowned the new king.
16-05-1834 – 01-05-1915 Annie Adams Fields – Born in Boston Massachusetts. She was the second wife of the publisher and author James Thomas Fields, whom she
married in 1854. She encouraged up and coming writers such as Sarah Orne Jewett, Mary Freeman, and Emma Lazarus. She was equally at home with great and established figures including Ralph Waldo Emerson and Harriet Beecher Stowe, whose biography she compiled. Fields was also a philanthropist and social reformer. She founded the Holly Tree Inns, coffeehouses serving inexpensive and nutritious meals, and the Lincoln Street Home, a safe and inexpensive residence for unmarried working women. After Field’s husband died in 1881, she lived with Sarah Orne Jewett for the rest of Jewett’s life. Jewett died in 1909. Field’s diaries remain unpublished, except for excerpts published by M.A. Dowel in 1922. Fields remains a somewhat puzzling figure. Her writing reflects a traditional orientation toward sentimentalism and the cult of true womanhood. However, she was a supporter of “Women’s emancipation,” and her relationship with Jewett and others suggest she was a lesbian.
In Pop Culture:
In the weekly anti-slave journal The National Era, Harriet Beecher Stow published the first installment of “Uncle Tom’s Cabin.” Originally she used the subtitle “The Man That Was A Thing,” but soon changed it to “Life Among the Lowly.”
1883 – Birth date of John Maynard Keynes, economist and mathematician. Keyes an English economist, fundamentally changed the theory and practice of macroeconomics and the economic policies of governments. He built on and greatly refined earlier work on the causes of business cycles, and is widely considered to be one of the most influential economists of the 20th century and the founder of modern macroeconomics. Time magazine included Keynes among its Most Important People of the Century in 1999, saying that “his radical idea that governments should spend money they don’t have may have saved capitalism.
Attitudes in the Bloomsbury Group, in which Keynes was avidly involved, were relaxed about homosexuality. Keynes, together with writer Lytton Strachey, had reshaped the Victorian attitudes of the Cambridge Apostles: “since [their] time, homosexual relations among the members were for a time common”, wrote Bertrand Russell. Artist Duncan Grant, was one of Keynes’s great loves. Keynes was also involved with Lytton Strachey though they were for the most part love rivals, not lovers. Keynes had won the affections of Arthur Hobhouse and as with Grant, fell out with a jealous Strachey for it. Strachey had previously found himself put off by Keynes, not least because of his manner of “treat[ing] his love affairs statistically”.
Political opponents have used Keynes’s sexuality to attack his academic work. One line of attack held that he was uninterested in the long term ramifications of his theories because he had no children.
06-05-1884 – 08-27-1969 Ivy Compton-Burnett – Born in Pinner, Middlesex, United Kingdom. She was an English novelist. In 1955, she was awarded the James Tait Black
Memorial Prize for her novel Mother and Son. Her work focused on the late-Victorian upper classes. Manservant and Maidservant (1947) is considered to be her best work. She is important for lesbian studies because she treated her lesbian characters just like everyone else. In 1916, she met Margaret Jourdain. Described as a New Woman, Jourdain, a writer and an expert on English furniture and interiors, decorated the series of apartments they shared for more than three decades. Jourdain died in 1951.
06-05-1887 – 09-17-1948 Ruth Benedict – Born in New York, New York. She was an American anthropologist. She had advanced thinking in social sciences. Benedict taught her first anthropology course at Barnard college in 1922 and
among the students there was Margaret Mead. Ruth Benedict and Margaret Mead are considered to be the two most influential and famous anthropologist of their time. They each felt a sense of pride at being a successful working woman during a time when this was uncommon. They created a companionship that began through their work, but which also during the early period was of an erotic character. In a memoir about her parents, With a Daughter’s Eye, Margaret Mead’s daughter implies that the relationship between Benedict and Mead was sexual. After the affair ended they still remained life-long friends. Benedict also had an 8-year relationship with Natalie Raymond.
06-05-1898 – 08-19-1936 Federico Garcia Lorca – Born in Fuente Vaqueros, Granada, Andalusia, Spain. Spanish poet, dramatist, and theatre director. He achieved international
recognition as an emblematic member of the Generation of ’27. He had an intense relationship with Salvador Dali from 1925 to 1928, which forced him to acknowledge his homosexuality. The friendship between Dali and Lorca had a strong element of mutual passion, but Dali rejected the erotic advances of the poet. His best-known book of poetry is Romancero Gitano (Gypsy Ballads) published in 1928. He was executed by Nationalist forces at the beginning of the Spanish Civil War on August 19, 1936.
06-05-1937 Helene Cixous – Born in Oran, French Algeria to Jewish parents. She is a professor, Algerian/French
feminist writer, poet, playwright, philosopher, literary critic, and rhetorician. Cixous is best-know for The Laugh of the Medusa, which established her as one of the mothers of contemporary feminist theory. Cixous founded the first center of feminist studies at the University of Paris, the first at a European university. She is known to be bisexual.
The Friends of Dorothy Era and The Hayes Code
1950s The Decade the public learned heterosexual women wanted sex
06-05-1951 Suze Orman – Born in Chicago, Illinois. She is an American financial advisor, author, motivational speaker, and television host. She worked as a financial advisor for
Merrill Lynch. In 1983 she became the vice-president at Prudential Bache Securities and in 1987 founded the Suze Orman Financial Group. Her program The Suze Orman Show began airing on CNBC in 2002. She has written several books on the topic of personal finance. In February 2007, Orman said that her sexual orientation is lesbian. In 2008, Orman donated money to the Democratic Party and in an interview with Larry King in 2008 said she favors the policies of the Democratic Party and Barack Obama, especially in regards to people in same-sex relationships.
06-05-1955 Gregory S. Harris – Born in Denver, Colorado. A Democrat, he is a member of the Illinois House of Representatives from the 13th district. Harris is one of four
openly gay members of the Illinois General Assembly. In 2010, he sponsored The Illinois Religious Freedom Protection & Civil Union Act, which was signed into law by Governor Pat Quinn. The law established civil unions for both heterosexual and same-sex couples. (Same-sex marriage has been legally recognized in Illinois since a law signed by Governor Pat Quinn on November 20, 2013, took effect on June 1, 2014).
The Civil Rights 60s: When the Boomers were under 30
‘Liza Jane’ became the first recording to be released as a single by David Bowie (but under the name Davie Jones with the King Bees). Despite promoting the single on the television shows Juke Box Jury, Ready Steady Go! and The Beat Room, and receiving good radio coverage, the single sold poorly and the band was subsequently dropped from the label Vocalion Pop. Jones later became David Bowie to avoid confusion with Davy Jones of The Monkees.
1967 – A Los Angeles homophile group called Pride mobilizes a crowd of several hundred demonstrators on Sunset Boulevard to protest police raids on gay bars.
1968 – William Weisel of ABC News was shot in the stomach by Sirhan Sirhan during the assassination of Robert Kennedy in Los Angeles. During the 1970’s. Weisel owned a popular gay dance club in Washington, DC.
1969 – The “Committee for Homosexual Freedom” newsletter announced that after two weeks of picketing, Frank Dennaro, who was fired from his job at Tower Records because he was gay, was re-hired. Tower Records also instituted perhaps one of the first non-discrimination hiring policies which included gay men because of the picketing. This was one month before the Stonewall Riots in New York City would happen.
Feminist, Gay Liberation and Lesbian Separatists: Civil Rights
Women self exploiting for a male gaze, from those obsessed to casual interest; women’s equality is not about being a poorly behaved as males, who continue to be the pedophiles of children, as well as of adult women. Women do not self id out of the harm caused by males who confess cotton ceiling.
06-05-1972 Buck Angel – Born in the San Fernando Valley, California. He is a transgender (female-to-male) advocate and porn star. He is the founder of Buck Angel Entertainment, as a
vehicle to produce media projects. He received the 2007 AVN Award as Transsexual Performer of the Year and works as an advocate, educator, lecturer, and writer. He created a unique niche, calling himself “The Man With a Pussy.”
Patti Smith recorded her first song. It was her version of “Hey Joe.”
06-05-1974 Chad Allen – Born in Cerritos, California, he is an American actor. Beginning his career as a child actor at the age of seven, he is a three-time Young Artist Award winner and GLADD Media Award honoree. He was a teen idol during
the late 1980s as David Witherspoon on the NBC family drama Our House and as Zach Nichols on the NBC sitcom My Two Dads. As an adult, he played Matthew Cooper on the CBS western drama Dr. Quinn: Medicine Woman. He retired from acting in April 2015. In 1996, at the age of 21, Allen was outed as gay when the US tabloid The Globe published photos of him kissing another man in a hot tub at a party. Allen has since become an activist for the LGBT community. Retiring from acting, he plans to become a clinical psychologist.
06-05-1978 Ghalib Shiraz Dhalla – Born in Mombasa, Kenya. He is an author and filmmaker of Indian descent. He lives in Los Angeles. Dhalla is most famous for his novel Ode to Lata published in 2002, which was adapted to a film in 2008 under the title The Ode.Ode to Lata was the first South Asian gay novel ever to be reviewed by The Los Angeles Times and to be excerpted by Genre Magazine. It was also the first account of the South Asian gay experience from an author from the African continent.
The Genderfuck Apathetics vs Yuppies : Aids the new STD on the list
The first official documentation of the condition to be known as AIDS is published by the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in its Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report. The L.A. Times reports the first mention of AIDS in the mainstream American press. HIV/AIDS (though these words are not used yet) is first mentioned in print. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) Morbidity and Mortality Weekly Report (MMWR)– June 5, 1981 / Vol. 30 / No. 21- reports the case of an unusual pneumonia in Los Angeles. “In the period October 1980-May 1981, five young men, all active homosexuals, were treated for biopsy-confirmed Pneumocystis carinii pneumonia at three different hospitals in Los Angeles, California.”
At 4 am on the night of May 30th. fifty-four police officers smashed through the back door of the Pisces Bath House in Edmonton, Canada. . Fifty-six men were arrested. Mug shots with names were taken. Crown prosecutors issued court summons with charges under the Canadian Criminal Code. Six men, owners and employees, were charged with being keepers of a common “bawdy house”. On June 5th all plead guilty in Provincial Court. The owners receive heavy fines.
1983 – Harvey Fierstein’s play “Torch Song Trilogy” won the Tony Award for Best Play of the 1982-83 season.
Torch Song Trilogy is a collection of three plays by Fierstein rendered in three acts: International Stud, Fugue in a Nursery, and Widows and Children First! The story centers on Arnold Beckoff, a Jewish homosexual, drag queen, and torch singer who lives in New York City in the late 1970’s and early 1980’s. The four-hour play begins with a soliloquy in which he explains his cynical disillusionment with love.
The first act derives its name (International Stud) from an actual gay bar of the same name at 117 Perry Street in Greenwich Village in the 1960’s and 1970’s. The bar had a backroom where men engaged in anonymous sex. The backroom plays a central role in the act. The popular work broke new ground in the theatre: “At the height of the post-Stonewall clone era, Harvey challenged both gay and straight audiences to champion an effeminate gay man’s longings for love and family.
1984 – Rock Hudson (November 17, 1925 – October 2, 1985) becomes the first major celebrity to be diagnosed with HIV but he doesn’t announce it until 1985. He was a prominent actor and ‘heartthrob’ of the Hollywood Golden Age. Hudson was voted Star of the Year, Favorite Leading Man, and similar titles by numerous film magazines. He completed nearly 70 films and starred in several television productions during a career that spanned more than four decades. He was nominated for an Oscar in 1956 for Giant. Hudson died from AIDS-related complications in 1985, becoming the first major celebrity to die from an AIDS-related illness. According to some colleagues, Hudson’s homosexual activity was well known in Hollywood throughout his career,and former co-stars Elizabeth Taylor and Susan Saint James claimed that they knew of his homosexuality as did Carol Burnett. Hudson’s revelation had an immediate impact on the visibility of AIDS, and on the funding of medical research related to the disease. Among activists who were seeking to de-stigmatize AIDS and its victims, Hudson’s revelation of his own infection with the disease was viewed as an event that could transform the public’s perception of AIDS. Following Hudson’s death, Marc Christian(June 23, 1953-June 12, 2009), Hudson’s former lover, sued his estate on grounds of “intentional infliction of emotional distress”. Christian claimed that Hudson continued having sex with him until February 1985, more than eight months after Hudson knew that he had HIV. Although he repeatedly tested negative for HIV, Christian claimed that he suffered from “severe emotional distress” after learning from a newscast that Hudson had died of AIDS.
1986 – The first issue of Q-Notesis published. Q-Notes is a newsletter of the Charlotte, NC organization called Queer City Quordinators. It transitions to a bi-weekly newspaper and is now on line. It is the largest LGBT print news publication in the Southeast. Q-Notes was originally started in 1983 as a monthly newsletter, named Queen City Notes On May 12, 2006, Q-Notes merged with the Raleigh, N.C., based The Front Page, a Raleigh, N.C. LGBT newspaper founded in 1979.
The annual Prince’s Trust Rock Gala charity event was held for the fifth time at Wembley Arena in London. Highlights included George Harrison performing “While My Guitar Gently Weeps” with Eric Clapton, and Ringo Starr’s version of “With A Little Help From My Friends,” featuring Jeff Lynne. Other performers included Elton John, Phil Collins, Bryan Adams, Dave Edmunds, Boy George, and Ben E. King.
M. Butterfly-starring John Lithgow as a French diplomat who falls in love with a Chinese opera diva, only to learn that “she” is actually a man, and a spy-wins the Tony Award for Best Play.
1989 – Congressional Republicans began circulating a memo that Democratic House Speaker Thomas Foley was a homosexual. The memo compared Foley’s voting record to openly gay Rep. Barney Frank. Those responsible for the memo apologized after Frank threatened to start outing Republican members of congress.
90s: Slurs Reclaimed: Act Up! Lesbian Avengers and Queer Nation
Colorado governor Roy Romer vetoed a state measure seeking to ban same-sex marriage for the second time. He instead appointed a commission to investigate the rights and responsibilities of same-sex relationships.
Former Georgia Attorney General Michael Bowers, who fought to have the US Supreme Court uphold Georgia’s sodomy law, admitted to having had an adulterous affair that lasted over a decade. Georgia’s sodomy law carries penalties for adultery.
“Time” magazine placed Harvey Milk alongside Mother Theresa and Rosa Parks as one of the Heroes of the Century.
Post 9/11 – The Shock Decade From “gay and lesbian” to “lesbigay” to “Lgbt/Lgbtq/Lgbtq2”
in pop culture
Officials in Singapore threw out an appeal against a ban on Janet Jackson’s latest album, ‘All For You’. They decided that the lyrics of the album, particularly one song, ‘Would You Mind’, were “not acceptable to our society”. The record was initially outlawed because of its “sexually explicit lyrics”, including “I just wanna touch you, tease you, lick you, please you, love you, make love to you.” EMI were attempting a compromise by trying to persuade Jackson’s management to delete ‘Would You Mind’ from the album.
A federal judge rejected a Christian hate group’s attempt to remove a no-fly zone around Disney World so it could fly planes trailing anti-gay banners over the resort during the annual Gay Days event.
California’s Assembly passed legislation giving gay and lesbian domestic partners many of the rights of marriage.
United States President George W. Bush renews his call for passage of the Federal Marriage Amendment.
Unnamed Common Oppressor VS: Heterosexual women VS Trans vs LGB/
Portugal legalizes same-sex marriage.
In Palm Beach, Florida, Elton John performed at the wedding of talk show host Rush Limbaugh, as he married his fourth wife, Kathryn Rogers.
2014 – The documentary Letter to Anitahas its world premiere at the Pride of the Ocean Film Festival. LETTER TO ANITA is the heart-wrenching story of Anita Bryant’s anti-gay campaign, its shattering effect on one Florida family, and the redemptive power of forgiveness. The Andrea Meyerson film is narrated by Meredith Baxter and tells a story of LGBT history through the journey of activist and educator Ronni Sanlo. Sanlo’s wife Kelly Watson is executive producer.
in popp culture
The four members of ABBA performed alongside one another for the first time since 1982 at a private gala to mark 50 years since songwriting duo Bjorn Ulvaeus and Benny Andersson met for the first time in Stockholm. The impromptu performance reportedly began when Agnetha Faltskog and Anni-Frid Lyngstadon recited their 1980 hit “Me and I” as a tribute to Andersson and Ulvaeus, before the two others joined in and made the reunion official.
Today in LGBT History by Ronni Sanlo
PRIDE MONTH + Gay History – June 5: Torch Song Trilogy, Federico Garcia Lorca, The Committee for Homosexual Freedom and MORE!
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:
To Each Decade it’s Age of Understanding, do not under consider differing geographies, nor the heterosexual clash of cultures – in particular – do not read backwards the words of humans now to earlier ages, to each own expression in culture and under legal conditions; and to all biology applies, regardless of what humans think is understood, rather than told, the why and when.
Sex the act of; is central to religion, war – who gets to what to who- vs which has had a no.
Understood as noting to be debated, quibbled nor negotiated.
Both in personal lives, in public and the workplaces, which were gender divided owing to sexual roles, across cultures and times.
music and movie information from my previous blog
where I note, The Last Elvis Secret given what the Memphis Mafia wrote about Presley Parties, the only thing not officially and rarely luridly written about was the balance of probability Elvis Presley was bisexual, and was described by heterosexual men as being so attractive as to raise a question – including Jerry Reed, writer and performer. And given Larry Geller’s descriptions of being accused by other Memphis Mafia members of being gay with Elvis during the private hair cut sessions -rather makes it seem the Memphis Mafia were jealous, and with Larry having to point out that were they admitting Elvis was bisexual?
As if Geller, a Hollywood hairdress would have a problem and his challenge back to those accusers was were they admitting Elvis was bisexual with the accusation? the last Elvis secret, along with the suicide note left in 1977, all swore to not reveal.
And each Memphis Mafia Member book was all about the orgies and parties Elvis made them attend, as if that was not why they were his friends acquired over time, to Red West, who saved Elvis from high school bathroom beatings and haircuts.
from my original blog:
Books: Elvis My Best Man by George Klein and Genuine Elvis by Ronnie McDowel
Book: Baby Let’s Play House – Alanna Nash
With the new theatric Biopic that will reveal Elvis’ self harm in both diet and injuries as a pretense to get cancer level drugs from doctors and dentists and anyone who would administer anything, including an induced week long coma for weight loss in Vegas, known to any Elvis fan who read:
the Darkest Elvis Secret was said by his StepMom on National USA tv. That one can be famous and rich and be depressed, connects to why western nations have the highest suicide rates: direct/obvious and passive. In 2017 it was revealed Elvis Presley left a suicide note, and that was why the life insurance policy was never cashed.
Was There A Dark Side to Elvis and Gladys?
It is important to note that the majority of sexual predators and murderers are males who victimize: pick the most inclusive or the most diverse statement of victim categories:
A) women and other men
B) men and women
C) heterosexual men, heterosexual women and LGBTQ2
D) heterosexual men, heterosexual women, gay/bisexual men, bisexual women, lesbians and NB/Transpersons
now factor in how to phrase that sentence and include 1 ethnicity 2 disability – physical of body and/or of the brain and persons without religion/spirituality
LGBTQ2 Blogger Nina Notes:
Most of the above is copied from one of the sites cited as sources in the daily post and as linked at the end of every post.
the history of nonheterosexuals and different historical eras views are such that there is a there is a danger to apply current decadish of time, in 2021 to past decades and centuries; particularly without application of complete history.
There is a difference between adopting male attire in the era when clothing was spelled out in law, and lesbians who passed in public, differ from those who only change clothing for personal sexual gratification, in private “cross dressors” in the language of this same era.
Laws regarding clothing exist in many nations, including capitol punishment, this is why sexual orientation is a demographic, That heterosexual women continue to be denied reproductive rights, education and professions, even where won at court; that women are a demographic. That male and female persons who are ethnically different from the majority population and with differing experiences being merged into colour blind visible minorities are differing demographics.
the farther back in time the given individual is, and why on this blog, there is a under theme of Elvis Presley, as the most prominent modern era person of the 1900s Current Era; who was photographed almost every day of his adult life., and who’s number of days on this planet have resulted in his being one of the most recognizable individuals across all cultures on the planet, which in 1950s was 1 billion people, and by his death almost 4 billion, to the 8 billion currently existing on earth.